Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey into the world of Linux? In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of installing Linux using the command line from a USB drive. Don’t worry if you’re new to Linux – we’ve got you covered with easy-to-follow steps and helpful tips along the way. So, let’s get started!
Creating a Bootable USB Drive
The first step in installing Linux is to create a bootable USB drive. This will allow you to boot your computer from the USB drive and start the installation process. To do this, you’ll need to download your desired Linux distribution ISO and use a tool like Rufus (for Windows) or the ‘dd’ command (for Linux) to write the ISO to the USB drive. Just make sure you select the correct USB device and follow the instructions provided.
Remember, creating a bootable USB drive is crucial for a smooth installation process, so take your time and double-check everything before proceeding to the next step.
Booting from the USB Drive
Once you have created your bootable USB drive, it’s time to boot your computer from it. To do this, simply insert the USB drive into your computer and restart the system. Then, enter the BIOS/UEFI setup by pressing the designated key (such as F2, F10, F12, ESC, or DEL) during the startup process. In the setup menu, set the USB drive as the first boot device to prioritize it over other boot options.
By booting from the USB drive, you will gain access to the Linux distribution’s installation or live session menu, which will be displayed on your screen.
Starting the Installation Process
With the USB drive successfully booting your computer, you are now ready to start the installation process. From the Linux distribution’s installation or live session menu, select the installation option and follow the on-screen instructions.
During the installation process, you will be asked to choose various settings, such as language, time zone, keyboard layout, and disk partitioning. Make sure to carefully review and select the options that align with your preferences and requirements.
Command Line Installation
Some Linux distributions, such as the Ubuntu Server edition, offer a command-line or text-based installer. This installer allows for a more hands-on approach to the installation process. Simply follow the prompts and input the necessary information as instructed.
Other distributions, like the Debian ‘netinst’ installer, provide a more interactive text interface. This interface will guide you through the installation process, presenting you with options and asking for your input along the way. Again, follow the on-screen instructions to ensure a successful installation.
Completing the Installation
After making all your choices and copying the necessary files, you will be prompted to remove the installation media (the USB drive) and press Enter. Follow these instructions, and your computer should reboot into your newly installed Linux system.
Once your computer has booted into the new Linux system, there may be additional setup steps required. These steps can vary depending on the specific Linux distribution you installed.
Common post-installation steps include creating a user account, setting a password, and configuring network settings. Follow any on-screen prompts and instructions to complete these tasks.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Linux using the command line from a USB drive. Now, you’re ready to explore the vast opportunities and possibilities that Linux offers.
Remember, this step-by-step guide is just the beginning of your Linux journey. Feel free to experiment, learn, and discover new features and functionalities. And if you ever need assistance or want to delve deeper into Linux, refer to the official documentation of your chosen distribution.